Before Adrian’s son tragically died on Oct. 11, Joseph Patterson was charged with aggravated battery of an infant and aggravated assault. But this is NOT the first time he has furiously injured a small child and faced domestic violence charges.
Adrian Peterson’s two-year-old son tragically passed away on Oct. 11 after sustaining horrific head injuries from a brutal beating two days earlier. But what may be the saddest part about this awful story is that Joseph Patterson, the child’s mother’s boyfriend and alleged attacker, probably should’ve never been allowed to be alone with the little boy. He has a serious history of domestic violence and has beaten his ex-girlfriend’s three-year-old so badly that he was covered in welts.
Joseph Patterson’s History Of Domestic Violence
Joey, 27, was indicted in June 2012 on several accounts of simple assault involving an ex-girlfriend and her three-year-old son, according to the Argus Leader. He was later charged for violating a no-contact restraining order in connection to that incident.
In that request for a restraining order, the victim — who is not the mother of Adrian’s son — said that Joey had spanked her child so hard that she had to ice the welts on his buttocks. And when the mother got upset at Joey for his abusive treatment, he only became more violent.
The victim stated that Joey grabbed her by the throat and threatened to punch her. “He has [threatened] to kill me multiple times,” she said.
He was sentenced to one year in jail for both cases but the sentences were suspended on the condition that he receive domestic violence counseling.
A different woman also asked for a protection order against Joey in 2004 in Jackson County, where they attended high school, the Argus Leader reports.
Joseph Patterson To Face Homicide Charges
Hindsight is always 20/20. And it’s very possible that Joey displayed that he had been rehabilitated by his counseling, or that Adrian’s son’s mother wasn’t even aware of his past to begin with. But with such a scary list of domestic violence incidents, it seems clear that Joey should not have been allowed to be alone with the young child.
He was charged in the case before the two-year-old child died, and now additional charges are expected to be handed down, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. South Dakota state attorney Tom Wollman told reporters that charges would be filed by next week to reflect that the case now involves a homicide.
Joey is schedule to appear in court again on Oct. 23, but a grand jury indictment is expected to happen before then.
Though none of that can change that Adrian’s two-year-old son is now dead. The child’s death, allegedly at the hands of a man with a known record of violence, is just an unthinkable tragedy.
Our thoughts are with Adrian and his family at this time.
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— Andrew Gruttadaro